A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages around friendship and courage; lead character Tom sometimes lies and doesn't respect adult authority.
Positive Role Models
Overall the teenage characters are good role models that try to be good friends and do the right thing. Lead character Tom is slightly rebellious, sometimes lying to adults and not respecting their authority. He does face consequences, but also he only has cool dragon adventures because he doesn't listen.
Positive gender representations -- lead character Tom's mom is a leading scientist, and Tom is an emotionally available teenager that has a good relationship with his mom. Girl characters are all strong and capable. Lead characters are a racially diverse group of friends who each get featured in storylines. Strong racial diversity in adult characters too, though adult characters are a bit more stereotypical (an Asian "tiger mom" and a Black hyper-physical militaristic dad). Characters don't talk about their various identities.
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Violence & Scariness
No violence but fairly scary adventure scenes. Characters are often in peril and show signs of distress. Dragons are ultimately friendly but do show some aggression.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some teenage flirtation.
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Infrequent rude language like calling a kid's risky actions "stupid;" infrequent cursing-adjacent language like "what the..." (without filling in the ending).
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Products & Purchases
Tom mentions that his drone is expensive. There's also lots of Dragons merch available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons: The Nine Realms is a TV spin-off of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The show's high stakes adventures make this Dragons iteration too scary for preschoolers, but great for slightly older dragon fans. This is because while everything always turns out okay, there are multiple near-death experiences per episode. The dragons ultimately turn out to be friendly, but they do show some aggression at times. Otherwise, there's a bit of mild teenage flirtation and mild language, but no other iffy content. Some parents may not appreciate lead character Tom's mischievous streak -- a lot of the adventures occur after Tom has disobeyed an adult authority figure. He does face some consequences, but it's pretty clear that there would be no dragon awesomeness if Tom followed the rules.
Is It Any Good?
It's tempting to wonder if the world really needed another spinoff of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, but this series is actually super fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Dragons: The Nine Realms has a great mixture of awesome dragon scenes, teenage friendships, and scientific mystery. Kids will love lead character Tom and his brave, curious persona (though grown-ups may wish he listened to adults a bit more). The rest of his friends are interesting characters that kids will identify with, and they'll also love the unique dragons they befriend. Like the rest of the Dragons world, the stunning animation and scenery in Nine Realms really bring the fantastical beasts to life. Families who enjoyed the original movies will have a great time watching this series together.
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